York presentation to share advantages of recreation trails | Native Information


YORK — Craig Della Penna, a member of the Trailside team in Northampton, Mass., will give a presentation on how the use of historic trails could benefit York and the Genesee Valley community.

The presentation is scheduled for October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the York Central School Auditorium, 2578 Genesee St., Retsof. The program is hosted by the Town of York Trail Town Committee.

“With well over 1,200 speaking engagements across 21 states and Canadian provinces, Craig is one of the nation’s most in-demand motivational speakers on aspects of railroad economic development, tourism and community development,” Dave Nagel, co-chair of The York Trail Town Committee said in a press release. Becky Lewis is also co-chair of the committee.

Della Penna is expected to explain how communities can use small amounts of public money to transform forgotten or derelict lands into places of value.

Members of the Genesee Valley community are encouraged to attend the presentation, Nagel said.

The City of York has worked alongside Wheatland, Avon, Geneseo, Mount Morris, Perry, Nunda, Hume, Caneadea and Cuba under the leadership of the Genesee Valley Trail Town Initiative to increase outdoor tourism and COVID-19 recovery by establishing a Network of 10 hospitality hubs or “trail towns” along the Genesee Valley Greenway and Genesee River Corridor.

Letchworth Gateway Villages started the Trail Town Destination Development project in early 2021.

With nearly 1 million visitors a year to Letchworth State Park, and investments from New York State and private foundations accelerating the growth of long-distance hiking trails in western New York, a destination project for Genesee Valley Trail Town is particularly timely, Letchworth Gateway officials said Villages said said.

The initiative is modeled on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail Town program, which has created new businesses and hundreds of jobs, and has generated an aggregate economic impact of $50 million per year, with 40% of local income coming from outdoor recreation.

The upcoming presentation aims to explain the reality of getting places, neighborhoods and communities to embrace the idea of ​​such trail initiatives.

Della Penna is the author of five books and has been a frequent op-ed on the value of intelligent growth development and railroads.

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